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Fresh Grapefruit Juice (Citrus grandis)

Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi)

Grapefruit was first described in the 18th century as ‘the forbidden fruit. It is a hybrid between an orange and a pomelo. Grapefruit belongs to the Rutaceae plant family. It is a large evergreen fruit tree that originates from Jamaica. It can grow up to 9m tall and can produce around 500 fruits per year.

Most of the world’s grapefruits are produced in USA, particularly in California, Florida, Texas and Arizona. They are also cultivated in Tropical Asia and West Indies.

A popular breakfast food, grapefruits aid digestion and are a good source of vitamin C. They contain phytochemicals, however, that can interfere with the absorption of medicines.

Grapefruit juice is acidic and antibacterial; a topical application of it is particularly suitable for oily, spot-prone skin. Fresh grapefruit juice is really refreshing on the skin.

Aromatherapists use grapefruit oil as a refreshing and tonic fragrance; it reminds us of the sun’s energy and can help perk up a dull morning. It is a popular oil for lifting the mood, and has been used extensively to clear the mind and help with stress, depression and even Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.), which can strike during winter months.

Grapefruit has a very high content of vitamin C. Traditionally, they were used to fight infection, stimulate immunity and help with colds and flu.

We cut the fruit in half and squeezing out the juice.

We use grapefruit juice and grapefruit oil in our refreshing and uplifting Whoosh shower jelly.